Takakkaw Falls (Yoho National Park)

At this point of our trip we should be on the brink of just departing Victoria Falls in Zambia/Zimbabwe and so I thought it made sense to post a shot of a beautiful but much less impressive waterfall. Takakkaw Falls in Yoho National Park (near Banff National Park)is a nearly 1,000 foot waterfall that is easily accessible and can be viewed from the road if desired without taking the short half mile trail to this point here alongside the river.

Takakkaw Falls (Yoho National Park)

Takakkaw Falls (Yoho National Park)

Peace and Serenity on Two Jack Lake (Banff National Park)

We take off on Saturday so this may be my last post for a few weeks. I will try to post some photos while overseas and if time permits I’ll schedule a few to post while we are on vacation but I have a feeling the wifi is going to be spotty over there.

This is another of my favorite spots in Banff – Two Jack Lake – Sunrise and Sunset from this spot with a great view of Mount Rundle across the lake.

Peace and Serenity on Two Jack Lake (Banff National Park)

Peace and Serenity on Two Jack Lake (Banff National Park)

Crowfoot Glacier (Banff National Park)

I was up in Calgary this week but was unable to squeeze a trip to Banff in as our upcoming vacation to Africa (two weeks – EEEEKEKKEKEK) is taking up a bunch of the year’s holiday budget. I’m still hoping to squeeze a weekend in up there in May/June but it will depend on the budget at that time. For now I love going back and revisiting old pictures. This was from June last year when I drove up the Icefields Parkway and took pictures along the road during a mildly overcast day.

Crowfoot Glacier (Banff National Park)

Crowfoot Glacier (Banff National Park)

It will likely be brief posts for the next few weeks as we prep for our trip to Africa. We are heading there pretty much on the cheap thanks to hotel points, rental car points and the plummeting Rand (15.5 to the USD). We’ve been pretty fortunate the past few years with our international travel as the strengthening dollar has helped put some funds back in our pocket!

The Town of Banff (Banff National Park)

On the way to the Norquay Ski area in Banff National Park is a picnic area that sits on the side of Mount Norquay and provides stunning views of the town of Banff beneath it. In the distance (left hand side) towers Mount Rundle which regardless of where you are in the town serves as a marker given its imposing size. I could have waited for the small child in the lower left hand corner to clear the frame before shooting (or photoshopped her out) but I liked the sense of scale she provided in the image. Hopefully, it helps to give sense of size to the grandness of the landscape.

The Town of Banff (Banff National Park)

The Town of Banff (Banff National Park)

Evening on the Kicking Horse River (Yoho National Park)

I haven’t been up to Banff in awhile but I’m excited to say that we retained our client up in Calgary that I was out to bid so I’ll be heading back a couple times a year for the next few years. Each trip I may not have the luxury of making the short 90 minute drive up to Banff (like this coming trip in March which is nestled between a likely weekend in New York City for our 6th anniversary and Africa for two weeks in April) but I will certainly try more often than not. If you haven’t been and are debating I can tell you its the prettiest place in the world I’ve ever been and if you need any more incentive next year – 2017 – it will be free so you won’t even have to pay the daily visitation fee.

Evening on the Kicking Horse River (Yoho National Park)

Evening on the Kicking Horse River (Yoho National Park)

Sunrise at Two Jack Lake (Banff National Park)

One of the most tranquil scenes in all of Banff National Park is catching the sunrise at Two Jack Lake on the Lake Minnewanka Loop Road. The large lake has spectacular views of Mount Rundle and is one of the nicest campgrounds in the park system. Imagine – waking up to this view in the morning….yes, please!

Sunrise at Two Jack Lake (Banff National Park)

Sunrise at Two Jack Lake (Banff National Park)

Busy week at work and then a delayed Christmas at home in Dearborn with my family. The life of a family of nurses (wife and two sisters)…..holidays never actually happen on the holiday 🙂 That’s okay, we just get to extend the joy for months to come!

Overlooking Peyto Lake (Banff National Park)

Yes, Peyto Lake in Banff National Park really is that blue. Many believe it is one of, if not the, most beautiful lakes in the world in large part because of that unique blue shade. The shade comes from the amount glacier rock sentiment that tumbles into it during the summer months.

There are several viewpoints – many of them heavily occupied by bus loads of tourists but there are also trails in the area which take you away from the people (for the most part). You see that is what makes Banff so popular is that you can take in all these incredible sites by really just stumbling out of your car. It really is unique in that aspect.

However, searching for some solitude, I hopped on one of those trails and hiked out to a cliff to take in this view which was shaded from most of the folks above me in the three or four fenced in overlooks. There was another hiker looking for some peace and quiet also and I decided to include him in this shot in order to give a better sense of scale to the image. By comparing his size with that of the surrounding environment you can see just how expanse it is.

Overlooking Peyto Lake (Banff National Park)

Overlooking Lake Peyto (Banff National Park)